Proverbs 14 and 15: In our reading, we are learning the principle of choosing our words carefully for they reveal our heart. James noted that “The tongue represents the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence—and is set on fire by hell.” [James 3:6] Solomon noted that “a joyful heart makes the face cheerful, but by a painful heart the spirit is broken.” [Prov 15:13] Yet, we are not left to our own for God has given us the indwelling Holy Spirit. “He will teach [us] everything and will cause [us] to remember everything [Jesus] said…” [Jn 14:26] If we listen carefully, we can hear him “behind [us], saying, “This is the correct way, walk in it,” [Is 30:21] Listen to counsel of Solomon on how to have a peaceful home.
14:1 Every wise woman has built her household, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.
15:1 A gentle response turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
God has given us speech which we can choose to use for good or evil. Only the Holy Spirit can guide us in the paths of righteousness. Today listen for the Holy Spirit and choose how you will respond, not just with words, but also your countenance for both, reflect your heart.